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Poster: caspersvapors Date: Sep 15, 2006 7:36pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Musical Crime of the Century- and Why I loved Brent

+1 for 7/7/89 Blow Away

I always loved his voice too

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Poster: Franchi$e Date: Sep 17, 2006 9:20am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Musical Crime of the Century- and Why I loved Brent

OK, I'm a bit late, but I gotta pipe in...

I love Kieth, and I loved Pig, and I love Brent. (And I think Vince takes WAY too much crap - he was in the coolest band ever, and that makes him de facto cooler than any of us critics - but that's a whole separate conversation)...

Brent came in, from day ONE, and smoked the whole place. His big phat B-3 screeching on Don't Ease, and that awesome ploink alongside Bobby's squeek sound from 79 playing Shakedown or something is about as good as it gets for me. He could play, and he did add a lot of masculine power to the band that's exhilarating to hear.

And he could sing. Listen to a BEW from late 79. Man, his voice was awesome. Or over the top of something like GSET.

I think there are certain songs that favored Kieth's style - Eyes, MNS, Ramble on Rose, Bird Song... But Brent was awesome at the more straigh forward jams...

OK, to me the greatest example of Brentness and what he added to the band is to compare a version of the Wheel from 76 or 77 to one from the mid-80's... When they just started cranking that thing up and you can't help but jump out of yer seat.

Brent was awesome.





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Poster: PharmacyDave Date: Sep 17, 2006 1:25pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Musical Crime of the Century- and Why I loved Brent

Loved Brent. So much texture and variety of sounds played very well. I had a sign in my dorm in highschool(1985) that read, "God Bless Brent".

I'm at the Kaiser in 3/87 and see this head I ALWAYS saw up front with me. The dude's wearing a "Don't need Brent" T-shirt. I ask him what's up and he says, "His misogynist lyrics and attitude don't do it for me". OK. I laid into him for about 30 minutes citing chapter and verse, literally, of how Brent was helping to save our band for us. Weird shit man.

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Poster: bubble Date: Sep 18, 2006 5:39pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Musical Crime of the Century- and Why I loved Brent

I have always maintained that the GD reached their peak in the 70s, in large part due to Keith. His wonderful boogey woogey style of piano often drove the more rocking/blues tunes. On his quiter moments, he was able to fill the gaps between Weir, Garcia and Lesh with lovely little riffs. I was lucky enough to see the boys (and girl) during the 70s. I then experienced Brent in the 80 and I have to say...never liked him and always missed Keith. I found Brent too heavy handed. He would sit on some of the organ notes for ever, which I found annoying. He lacked soul in my eyes and ears. Watch the Dead Movie and observe Keith. Watch that sly smile creep across his face when he starts to hit the groove. It is pure magic. No wonder the 70s were the golden years...

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Poster: Franchi$e Date: Sep 19, 2006 3:10pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Musical Crime of the Century- and Why I loved Brent

You know, I love Keith too. I think he was way more jazzy and subtle than Brent, for sure.

But here's the thing: Keith did not fit into the band near the end as much as he did in the earlier years (73-74 in particular). By 77-78, the band was becoming a lot less jazzy and a lot more of a kickin rock band with a bit of jazz sensibility, and some of those final Kieth shows, he's not fitting in nearly as well as he did earlier. Sometimes he seems like he's just banging away the chords on the piano, trying to be heard.

Now enter Brent, right when ther band is making that kind of move anyway - and he cooks up that B-3, with his smoky-tenor voice. It fits perfecty with the direction that the band was taking at that time already.

Sometimes I want to hear the band playing all cool and jazzy - 1973 Keith; and sometimes I want to hear them crank up the wheel at about 99 mph - 1984 Brent.

I just think loving Brent's contribution and loving Kieth's contribution should not be mutualy exclusive. I guess that brings us back to the apples and oranges thing.

But Brent was a heavy handed player, indeed; and I love that!